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少し事が何のを学んだ (A Little of What I’ve Learned) – 12 June 2013

Another late night post this time.

I just got done with a homework assignment, a 作文 (sakubun), a writing assignment. This is probably one of the most complex things I’ve written since I’ve been here, so I thought I’d show you all a little of what I’ve learned thus far. This is the result of three hours of patient work, using my 電子辞書 (denshi jisho, my electronic dictionary), my 日本語文法辞典 (nihongo bunpo jiten, my Japanese grammar dictionary), and getting distracted by Golden Girls reruns on YouTube.

Yes, I watch The Golden Girls. What of it.

I know it’s not perfect, and it’s probably full of mistakes that a practiced eye will catch, but when I get it back from my professor it’ll be corrected and I can become even better at this.

So here goes.






There are more than 7 billion people living in the world. The fact is that everyone is using lots of products, and naturally there’s stuff leftover. This leftover stuff is called garbage. Because of the many tons of garbage those 7 billion people make, the environment suffers. The trouble is there’s no place on earth for people to put it all. In Japan the people are made to recycle, but compared to Japan, in America few citizens recycle. Although the resources and wide-open areas exist in America for recycling, many landfills are built. Americans throw away many tons of garbage, and because of that Americans and Japanese and even everyone else suffers.

In America, the citizens’ lifestyles are selfish ones. We don’t want secondhand things; we’d rather be able to buy new stuff. Although flea markets are popular it’s normal to be able to search for unnecessary things. Because of that, when people go, they search for trendy clothing rather than necessary items. Recycling centers exist in America, but because people are not made to recycle in many places, few Americans recycle. Contrary to using the recycling centers we build new landfills, apparently.

On the other hand, compared to America, the people are forced to recycle because of Japan’s geography. Because Japan is an archipelago nation space is limited. Moreover, many products must be recycled. The Diet has made recycling laws. In Japan everyone –  private homes, hospitals, even McDonald’s – has to recycle.

My opinion is, if Congress made laws, more Americans would have to recycle. But even before that, if more of us were taught about recycling, if we could be made to like it, recycling would become more popular. After that, it seems to me the air, the environment, even the people would become better.

In the world, recycling is an important thing for everyone. A clean environment and happy people, those are the best things.

Just a little taste of what I’ve learned.


3 responses

  1. You are certainly acquiring the skills to become the person to help persuade the Western world to move in a better direction ( though keep in mind the Capitalist movement is lured by a prospect of profit, especially when it comes to environmental causes). I admire your struggle and look forward to your engagement with Power in whatever avenue you choose to proceed.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

    • Thanks for the encouragement, donkey! Even this is just a lowly writing assignemnt I meant what I said here. Apparently the only way to change people’s minds (at least in America, anyway) about using clean, renewable sources of energy and cleaning up the mess that exists now is to show them how much money there is to be made in doing so. Still, results ARE results, are they not?

      June 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

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